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Facebook Live: Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down with Miss Ida Keeling

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

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Join the Schomburg Center as we welcome Miss Ida Keeling, the 102-year-old, world-record-holding runner, for the second conversation in our Facebook Live series. Miss Ida, as she’s affectionately known throughout her community, isn’t your typical runner. At 102-years-old, her fierce independence helped her through the Depression and the Civil Rights movement as a single mother to four children living in New York City. But her greatest trials were yet to come. Ida’s two sons were brutally murdered. Justice was never found. Miss Ida felt she didn’t have the strength to carry on, and that she couldn’t hope anymore.

Encouraged by her daughter, Miss Ida put on her first pair of running shoes at the age of 67 and began to run off the paralyzing sorrow from her heart. Running gave light and new energy to Miss Ida and since her first race nearly 35 years ago, she’s kept running and never looked back. Holding the world record for the fastest time in the 60-meter dash for the 95-99 age group, Miss Ida isn’t slowing down. Now, she gives us a clear picture of what it means to overcome obstacles in her captivating memoir, Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down.

Miss Ida will be in conversation Alison Desir, founder of Harlem Run, who will take questions from our Facebook Live community. Tune in live on Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30 pm EST: www.Facebook.com/SchomburgCenter

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